The core themes remain in the ongoing discussions in Europe, and they are the same points that we have talked about so much in the past. The focus has been on the strength of Germany and its strong relationship with France, the two core members of this union and the sometimes weaker members on the periphery – Greece, Portugal, and Spain with of course others. The challenge has been how to build a common market and a common vision for the future.
Euro-skeptics are now questioning the common future of this unification as they are clearly disappointed with the political elites and their economic mistakes of the past. Some of these Euro-skeptics are openly protesting the strength of Germany and what they say is the bullying of the rest of the continent, along with the US now moving away from Europe but at the same time, throwing its weight around.
Europe promised a union with guaranteed Peace and Prosperity. The key is to convince those leaning toward populism that prosperity is still a right that they should expect.
So the Euro-skeptics are looking at the upcoming May parliamentary elections and gathering what is clearly a “no confidence” or “protest” voter block made up of populists and nationalists who want to win back power from Brussels. There is a strong feeling of hostility toward the European Union but with no clear path to the future – people want power but they seem to not have a clear vision for the future. Brussels made so many promises 70 years ago and now nationalists are making the same promises.
Some of the average citizens in Europe want their voices heard, they only want to to have impact on their future but feel discarded, they are not really right wing, or right leaning, they just do not share the dreams of Germany and France.
As we mentioned in this article there is a growing feeling in the European community that Germany has the right, taken, now given, to dominate the political landscape and manage the social and economic rules of each country. Many nationalists are becoming nationalists now because of their love of country but because of their dislike for Angela Merkel and her heavy handed approach. We see this in the Netherlands, Italy and France – people are starting to reject the German state and its core position of the Union.
Now with 68.3% of European exports, Germany is the most powerful state, so it will dictate the social and economic future of the continent. Some see Germany as preventing European growth while enjoying a massive safety net of exports – governments are protesting but what happens in the May elections for the European Parliament? The powerful Germany attitude could give oxygen to those protesting Germany.
More on this subject in the coming weeks,